Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
Foreign nationals who wish to enter the United States are often required to get a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for brief stays or an immigrant visa for permanent residency. Transit (C) visas are non-immigrant visas for those going through the United States in immediate and continuous transit en route to another nation. Immediate and continuous transit is defined as a prompt departure of the traveler in the regular course of travel, assuming a predetermined route with no exorbitant stopover privileges. If the traveler desires stopover privileges for reasons other than transiting the United States, such as to see friends or engage in tourism, they must qualify for the type of visa necessary for that purpose.
You may be allowed to transit to the United States if you possess a valid tourist (B) visa.
If you are a citizen of a member nation under the Visa Waiver Program, you may be allowed to transit to the United States.
- A foreign national with a brief stay in the United States whose sole motivation for entering the country is to transit.
- A passenger who embarks from a foreign port on a cruise ship or vessel bound for a nation other than the United States but who makes a port call in the United States without the purpose of landing in the United States.
- A crewmember going as a passenger to the United States to join a ship or aircraft for which you will provide operational services. You will also require a crewmember D visa, often provided in conjunction with a C-1/D visa. Discover more information about Crewmember visas.
- A diplomatic transit (C-2) visa is required for foreign nationals in immediate and continuous transit through the USA to or from the United Nations Headquarters District, under conditions of the Headquarters agreement with the United Nations. Within the United States, travel will be restricted to the neighborhood of New York City.
- A visitor (B) visa is required for foreign nationals whose stopover in the United States is for a reason other than transit, such as visiting friends or sightseeing.
- A coasting officer who wishes to enter the United States must possess a tourist (B) visa. Coasting officers are temporarily engaged when an officer of a foreign ship is allowed home leave while the vessel is in USA ports, as long as the vessel does not remain in U.S. waters for more than 29 days. The coast officer may repeat the procedure with another vessel of the same foreign line.
- A crewmember aboard a private yacht departing from a foreign port and staying in U.S. waters for more than 29 days is needed to hold a visitor (B) visa.
- An officer or employee of a specified international organization assigned to the United States may transit through the United States on an International Organization (G-4) visa in immediate and continuous transit.
- Passport valid for travel to the US – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your stay in the US (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). If your passport contains more than one person, each person who requires a visa must submit a separate application.
- Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Confirmation Page of Form DS-160
- If you have to pay an application fee before your interview, keep your receipt.
- Photo — When completing the online Form DS-160, you will add your photo. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo that meets the Photograph Requirements.
- Its possible that youll need to provide more documentation.
- We cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted to you. Make no final trip plans or purchase tickets until you have received your visa.
- A visa is valid until it expires unless it is cancelled or revoked. As a result, a valid United States visa in an expired passport remains valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not discard it. You may travel and enter the United States with your valid visa in your expired passport and a new valid passport.
A consular official will evaluate whether you are eligible for a visa and, if so, which visa category is appropriate for your travel purpose during your visa interview. You must demonstrate that you meet the legal requirements of the United States in order to be granted the visa category for which you are applying.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit digital fingerprint scans that are clear of ink. Theyre normally taken during your interview, however it depends on where you are.
Your visa application may require additional administrative processing after your visa interview. If your application requires additional processing, the consular officer will inform you.
You will be informed how your passport with visa will be returned to you after the visa is accepted, and you may pay a visa issuance charge if applicable to your nationality. Examine the visa processing time to determine when your passport and visa will be ready for pick-up or delivery by a courier.
To apply for a visa, you must go through numerous processes. The order in which you complete these stages, as well as how you complete them, may differ depending on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. Please review the instructions on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will be applying.
Complete the Visa Application Form Online
Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application – Learn how to fill out the DS-160. To bring to your interview, you must first finish the online visa application and then print the confirmation page from the application form.
Photo – When completing the online Form DS-160, you will add your photo. Your photograph must follow the guidelines outlined in the Photograph Requirements.
Make an appointment for an interview
While interviews are not compulsory for applicants under the age ranges listed below, consular personnel have the authority to require an interview with any applicant, regardless of age.
The following are some instances where expedited transit visa appointments may be considered:
- the death, severe sickness, or life-threatening injury of an immediate relative necessitating transit via the United States. Please provide the attending physician or funeral home’s name, relationship, circumstance description, and contact information.
- urgent medical care for the applicant or their small kid requiring travel via the United States;
If you wish to seek an accelerated appointment, you must describe the emergency or urgency of your condition and or the reasons you want the appointment immediately. If we determine that your condition or situation is an emergency or urgent, we will book your appointment as quickly as possible.
A Visa is required for any foreign national wishing to enter the United States. It could be a non-immigrant visa for a short period of time or an immigrant visa for a long period of time. To enter the United States, foreigners must get a non-immigrant visa.
Its possible that youll need to provide more documentation.
On the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply, review the guidelines for applying for a visa. Additional documentation may be required to determine your qualifications. Additional documents may, for example, include documentation demonstrating:
Your intent to leave the United States; Your ability to pay all costs while in the United States; and/or Your residence in your home country and intent to return there.
Proof of your onward travel plans and/or permission to enter another nation after leaving the United States may suffice as proof that you are only visiting for transit purposes. Evidence of your employment and/or family ties may also suffice to demonstrate that your visit to the United States is solely for transit and that you intend to return to your home country. If you are unable to fund all of your expenses while in the United States, you may be able to present proof that another individual will cover some or all of your expenses.